13.03.20 | News, Three questions for

Three questions for...

...the newPrincipal of the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary (TTS) in India Rev. Dr Margret Kalaiselvi.

Rev. Dr. Margret Kalaiselvi among her fellow board member of the TTS (Photo: EMS).

Rev. Kalaiselvi, congratulations on your appointment! Would you like to introduce yourself?

Thank you for your kind wishes.  I am Rev. Dr Margret Kalaiselvi, an ordained Minister of the Church of South India. I am now Principal of this highly reputed institution, the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, an ecumenical college in the temple city of Madurai, providing theological education to a range of lay and ordained men and women. My own specialisation is in the theology of communication and gender studies.

How would you describe the profile of TTS as an institution of theological learning - and what are your plans for TTS in the future?

TTS focuses on three formations: ministerial, personal and theological. These three are the fundamentals for our Christian journey. The 50 years of theological input in the seminary’s history has deepened our commitment to grow in faith, and to develop our solidarity with oppressed communities. The method of learning for our students is contextual theology: relating our theological and social studies to the lives of the people among whom we live.

I will work to encourage the women faculty members, and to develop women’s theological education as a vital way of developing the institution itself. I will continue to nourish and strengthen TTS’ priorities, some of which includes faculty development, the upliftment of the marginalised and sustaining the eco-friendly campus.

You are the first woman to hold this office. Your appointment is surely very encouraging to other women. What does it mean to you?

It has taken 50 years for the position of women in the college to be fully recognised and it is even more significant that it has happened in the Jubilee Year of TTS!   It is my hope that for women faculty in TTS there will be many such opportunities that will follow in the years to come.  I will ensure that other women share leadership by participating in the decision-making process. I am happy and humbled to be the leader of a college that from the beginning has been committed to promoting women in every field, and we will continue to encourage women students and faculty members. It is a challenge for me to educate the churches to send more women for theological education, recognising and respecting their existence and the contribution they have to offer. 

Thank you very much for the interview!

Thank you also.